I believe that living on campus is a valuable life experience. My staff and I strive to create a positive experience each and every day. This takes many forms, from providing resources so the Resident Advisor staff can plan successful events in the halls, to having educational conversations with students about behaviors or conflicts they are having, to getting a broken heater fixed quickly. My staff partners with Campus Police and Facilities Management to provide halls that are safe, attractive, and well-maintained.
I want your student to continue growing from the life experiences they will get by living on campus. As we begin the month of February, my hope is that you will encourage your student to consider living on campus next year. We have been working hard to create a Housing Selection process that is fair and simple for students. In order to participate, your student must sign up online by February 7, and the best part is there is no cost to sign up. Students are only charged if they select on campus housing at selection night on February 21. I have heard many of the myths that oftentimes drive the decision to move off campus, and I want to prepare you with some facts:
“There is not enough space on campus.”
- We are opening a brand new hall called 10 Faraday that will feature 258 beds. We know based on previous years that we will have plenty of housing for all students that would like to live on campus.
“I don’t want to live in Founders. That is all that is left and I will have to be on a meal plan”
- Founders Hall will be updated this summer to include kitchenettes in each suite and tech suites on each floor. This is the only building where residents will enjoy no price increase, and a brand new meal plan is currently in development. Founders also features some of the largest rooms on campus. Being on a meal plan means that your student is guaranteed to have an avenue to obtain food on a regular basis, and being on the Founders meal plan comes with some serious perks including dinners at the Goat’s Head Restaurant.
“It costs too much to live on campus”
- At first glance, living off-campus often seems like a good option. All the costs have to be considered—like rent, deposits, water, electric, cable, internet, phone service, furniture, food, etc. This does not take into account the time involved in driving, gas, purchasing food, etc. Is it really worth all the hassle and disconnection just to save a few dollars?
“My friends are getting an off-campus apartment and I want to live with them”
- We hear this a lot. It’s a culture at WPI, one that we are trying our best to change. We see many student go to off campus apartments, and sometimes they go in groups larger than the Worcester City limit of 3 will allow. Worcester has been cracking down and if the city inspects an apartment and there are more than 3 people living the others will be asked to leave, lease or no lease.
In Residential Services we care about what we do, and we care about your son or daughter. I hope that they are successful and I believe that living on campus provides your student the best set of resources to support them. I hope that your student has or will sign up for Housing Selection. They can do it by going on bannerweb between now and February 7th.
I will ensure that my staff will be here to support your student. Help us ensure your student will be here as well. As we have said to your students – Live with us – Gompei does!
Assistant Dean and Director of Residential Services